VATICAN CITY THE POPE on Sunday afternoon was present in St. Peter's for a special service in honour of Blessed Marie Therese de Soubiran, foundress of Marie Auxiliatrice, whose beatification had taken place in the morning.
PRIVATE AUDIENCES granted by the Pope include: Cardinals Tedeschini; Fumasoni Biondi, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Canali, Major Penitentiary ; Mgr. Traglia, Titular Archbishop of Cesarca, Vicegerato of Rome; Mgr. Ottaviane, of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office; Archbishop Godfrey, Apostolic Delegate to Britain.
The VATICAN PRESS is shortly to publish a 578 page volume including the allocutions and radio messages of His Holiness the Pope from March 2, 1945, to March 1, 1946. An appendix will incorporate principle documents emanating from the Vatican during the same year. The foreword to this collection of Papal pronouncements points out that from the end of hostilities, ;he Pope has strongly and consistently reiterated the necessity for reconstruction both material and moral.
CARDINAL ROSS!, secretary of the Consistorial Congregation will consecrate Fr. Martin-Stanislaus Gillet, former Master General of the Dominicans, Titular Archbishop of Nicea on Sunday, November 10, in the church of St. Mary Minerva in Rome.
Well-informed VATICAN CIRCLES have denied that an Encyclical on the mesent religious situation in Yugoslavia is in the course of preparation.
It is announced that DR. RUDOLF KOHLRUSS, Austrian Diplomatic representative to the Holy See, is expected to arrive within the next few days,
AUSTRIA Vienna's MIRACULOUS PICTURE of Our Lady " Marie Postsoli," famous early 17th Centuty Hungarian masterpiece which formerly hung over the main altar of St. Stephen's Cathedral was stolen last week from its temporary position in the Amhof Church which is being used as the Pro-Cathedral during the work of reconstruction of St. Stephen's. AFRICA CARDINAL DE GOUVEIA, Archbishop of Lorenzo Marques, Portuguese East Africa, in a recent Pastoral strongly condemned the exclusion of Portugal from the United Nations Organisation. In the same Pastoral, the Cardinal points out that Russian Communism aims at conquering the world for Marxist materialism. The Cardinal went on to say that Asiatic materialism and European Christian civilisation now stand face to face and on the outcome of the battle depended the fate of the world.
MGR. JOSEPH HOLLAND, Vicar Apostolic of the Lower Volta Gold Coast, was consecrated Titular Bishop of Arracdata, on Sunday, October 13, in the Cathedral of Cork. The new missionary Bishop is one of the youngest prelates of the Missionfield, and was born in Liverpool and entered the African Mission College, Cork in 1922.
The library at LOUVAIN UNIVERSITY, twice destroyed by the Germail Army, is again under reconst ration. Mgr. Waeyenbergh recently stated that the destruction to the library was deliberate and without the excuse of military necessity.
FRANCE MGR. PIUS EUGENIUS NEVUE, Titular Bishop of Citrus, Administrator Apostolic for Moscow, and a member of the Order of Augustinians of the Assumption, died suddenly in Paris on
Thursday last, at the age of 69. Mgr. Nevue, who was French by birth, worked in Russia prior to the Communist revolution in the Don Cossack coun try and in St. Petersburgh. He was made Titular Bishop of Citrus and named Administrator Apostolic for Moscow by Pope Pius XI in 1926, and in this capacity lived at the Church of Saint Louis des Francais in Moscow and later at the French Embassy, until 1934 when he returned to France on business and was refused authorisation to re-enter Russia.
The GENERAL CHAPTER of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart has reelected as Superior General, Brother Albertinus. The Brothers of the Sacred Heart, who were founded in 1821, now number 3,000 religious in France, Belgium, America, Canada, Spain and Latin America.
The Cardinals and Archbishops of France, who are at present in Paris for their ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY, held their first sitting on Tuesday last.
THE CROSS OF THE LEGION OF HONOUR has been conferred by the Government on the monastery La Trappe de Notre Dame des Donbas, in the diocese of Belley. This honour has been given to certain towns and armies, but never before to a monastery. This mark of recognition was conferred on the Religious because of their heroism displayed during the war when the Trappist monastery became the object of repeated searches by the Gestapo. Three of the monks were killed during the searches
The Pope has approved THE APPOINTMENT of Profesor Veronese as President of Italian Catholic Action and Mgr. Pignedola as Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Cent' al Office.
CARDINAL SCHUSTER, Archbishop of Milan, has collected numcrous documents which form the Church's White Paper on its diplomatic activities during and since the war of liberation. The volume which is to be published shortly is to be called Closing stages of a regime. NETHERLANDS
MGR. LEMMENS, Bishop of Roermond, on Sunday last appealed to his diocese to help a village of nearly 8,000 inhabitants of whom 4,000 arc suffering from scabies. Of 1,375 houses, only 75 are habitable and most people are forced to live in ruins or stables.
MGR. GAWLINA, Bishop to the Polish Forces, has been prevented from visiting camps of Polish displaced persons in the American zone in Germany. In the British zone, former Polish prisoners of war have been ordered to leave camps for displaced persons. Many of them were chaplains and the effect of the order is to leave many camps without priests.
In Wroclaw, Breslau, TWO GERMAN NUNS, who were accused of supplying a British broadcaster with a letter from a German priest, have been condemned by the local court. The letter said that Germans disappeared and were sold as meat. Instead of ridiculing the report, the court seriously accused the nuns of espionage, and sentenced one to 10 and the other to 15 years' imprisonment.
" FIRM RESISTANCE to Soviet aggression by Western democracies can help prevent another war," Dr. N. S. Timasheff. author, educator and noted authority on Russia, declares in an article in the autumn issue of The Review of Politics, published at the Catholic University of Notre Dame.
CARDINAL STRITCH, Archbishop of Chicago and Chairman of the Administration Board of N.C.W.C., has Written to the American Episcopate outlining a plan for the raising of a minimum of 5,000,000 dollars for war relief purpiSses by Catholics in America during 1947.
M. ROBERT PRIGENT, Minister of Population in the French Government, who is at present touring the United States, is reported to have discussed with Mgr, Cushing, Archbishop of Dos ton, the prospect of an American National pilgrimage to Lourdes and to Rome in 1947.